LEGEND By Marie Lu [Review]
Legend is another book that I got my hands on while at BEA (Book Expo America) earlier this year. It was one of the books that was getting some hype as a new exciting dystopian novel. And of course as a fan of dystopian stories, I had to get my hands on this one.
Legend tells the story of fifteen-year-old Day, the Republic’s (formally the western United States) most wanted criminal, and fifteen-year-old June, a prodigy groomed to take part in the Republic’s highest military ranks.
As fate would have it, these two cross paths when June’s brother, Metias is murdered, leading Day to become the prime suspect. But everything is of course not as it seems, and soon June and Day discover secrets about the Republic, which they have worked hard to keep hidden.
What I loved about Legend is that unlike most of the recent dystopian novels I had read, this one didn’t have a love story as its main driving force. Of course there is a bit of romance but it is very minimal and secondary to the main plot line. The story is mostly focused on the action and the characters’ getting enlightened about the society they live in.
From the moment you read about Day you know you will be rooting for him. There is something so great about a character who’s an outsider on the margins of society yet is pure of heart. I would describe him as sort of a Robin Hoodish character.
As for June, I enjoyed that there was growth to her character from the first time you meet her to the end. Plus she pretty much is Day’s equal in how brilliant she is, which makes it really easy to also root for her.
Another thing that I really enjoyed about Legend is the fact that even though this is a YA novel, similar to The Hunger Games, the story can go pretty dark and stay true to the “reality” of what it is like to live in that world.
Finally, even though this is the first book in a series, the ending does tie up quite a few things, while leaving the door open for what’s to come next. So if you don’t like your stories to end with jaw-dropping cliffhangers and having to wait another year or two before reading the rest, you’re safe to read this one.
Legend is a great read for fans of dystopian stories that enjoy action and a little grittiness in their novels, as well as strong protagonists.
Legend was released today (November 29th) and you can purchase it on Amazon.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Putnam Juvenile | Pages: 305 | Source: BEA (Book Expo America)